Why Is Comcast Focusing on DOCSIS 3.1 Technology?



Comcast’s high-speed Internet business

A core growth driver of Comcast’s (CMCSA) Cable Communications division in fiscal 2Q16 was its high-speed Internet business. Comcast continues to be optimistic about the growth trajectory of this business.

According to a September 28 FierceCable report, Comcast’s Access Architecture VP Jorge Salinger stated at the SCTE’s (Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers) Cable-Tec Expo that Comcast was looking at deploying upstream services using the DOCSIS 3.1 technology in 2017. Comcast has been aggressive in deploying DOCSIS 3.1 technology. According to the FierceCable report, Comcast stated that rolling out CPE (customer premise equipment) has been limited with customers’ computers and gateways “not able to support 1-gig services.”

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Increasing competition for Comcast’s Internet business

Comcast is facing increasing competition for high-speed Internet. This competition is not only from telecom players such as AT&T’s (T) U-verse and Verizon’s (VZ) FiOS service but also from a new entrant in the market, Alphabet’s (GOOG) Google Fiber.

But Comcast stated at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Broker Conference this month that it believed that the company is well equipped to withstand this increasing competition. The company showcased its new XB6 modem at the conference and stated that the modem is “5x faster than any modem we have ever had.”

In fiscal 2Q16, Comcast had high-speed Internet customers of around 24 million.


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